Lion meat off the menu after 'up-roar' in Tampa

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    TAMPA, FL (CNN/WFTS) -- A Florida restaurant has pulled lion meat from its menu after an up-"roar" from some customers. Taco Fusion is known for serving all kinds of exotic game, but it seems the lion meat caused the most controversy.

    Fusion Tacos Operation Manager Brad Barnett says, "Customers wanted to try different things, you know, they wanted to experience different foods and what not."

    Since opening back in February Taco Fusion has been known for their unique tacos. They serve things like the beaver taco, the otter taco and even something called the camel taco. But it wasn't until they started serving the lion taco that got people around town to start talking.

    Barnett says, "Our animals are bred here locally in the United States. They're bred for human consumption only."

    For about $35 you can try one of these specialty tacos. One person who tried it says, "Most of your tacos are chicken or fish or pork, beef - so it's nice that there's something new."

    But not everyone agrees. Another person says, "An animal that is almost on the extinct list should not be served at a taco place."

    Jeff Kremer with Big Cat Rescue says, "There's a human health care concern, there's obviously an animal welfare concern and there's a bigger picture, you know, the bigger concern is where do we as a society draw the line?"

    Barnett says, "If you don't like it, you know, don't eat it."

    Initially, the restaurant planned on selling lion tacos as long as people continued buying them.

    Taco Fusion released a statement on its web site after the lion meat sold out: "Some of you were supportive, some of you were angry. We listened to everyone and decided to no longer carry lion."

    There are still many other specialty tacos on the menu, including shark, gazelle, ostrich, rattlesnake and kangaroo.

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